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Taijuan Walker taken deep three times in Tuesday loss
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Mariners premier pitching prospect Taijuan Walker continued to struggle at the Triple-A level Tuesday night by yielding three home runs. Included were two by Tommy Field, who entered with just four in 276 at-bats.

Walker did recover after the second Field blast to strike out five of the next six batters and fire fastballs that peaked at 98 miles an hour.

"He dialed it up a little more," Tacoma manager Roy Howell told the Salt Lake City News Tribune. "That's why he's still learning to pitch. Hopefully he'll take that lesson and understand it."

Walker is 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA this season with the Rainiers.

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Xander Bogaerts goes deep, can't spark rally
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts got his bat going late Tuesday against the Blue Jays, but it was not enough in a 4-2 loss.

Bogaerts went 2 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts, and also scored once and drove in one run with his ninth inning solo home run. He has been unable to snap out of his long slump as Bogaerts is hitting just .213/.241/.307 in 75 at-bats during the month of July.  

Bogaerts has failed to live up to expectations as a rookie, with a batting line of just .241/.311/.362 with eight home runs and 26 RBI in 98 games. 

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Colby Rasmus homers, scores twice
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus was a main contributor to Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Red Sox, as he scored twice in the twin.

Rasmus  went 2 for 4 in the game, with a single and a solo home run in the second inning to start off the scoring. He later came around to score again in the fourth inning, the second game in a row he has crossed the plate twice. 

Rasmus has three home runs in the month of July and 14 overall, while hitting .223/.285/.459 in 242 at-bats. 

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Coco Crisp a no-go again against Astros
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp is again absent from the lineup Wednesday in Houston with a neck issue. He has not played since Saturday.

Crisp is not at this time destined for the disabled list, but an MRI has revealed a degenerative condition in his neck.

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Hamstring problem keeps Marwin Gonzalez out Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

A tight hamstring has prevented Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez from taking his place in the lineup for a day game Wednesday after a night game. He is sidelined against Oakland.

Gonzalez homered in the Tuesday loss.

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Ben Zobrist homers, doubles in two runs
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Rays infielder Ben Zobrist played a big part in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Brewers.

Zobrist went 2 for 4 in the win, and drove in the first two runs for the Rays in the win. He brought the first around on a sixth-inning solo home run, and then drove in another with a double in the eighth.

Zobrist is hitting .271/.361/.421 with nine home runs and 31 RBI in 93 at-bats. 

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Ned Yost: Billy Butler is our DH if he continues to hit
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is still under the miscroscope despite his recent surge. He must keep hitting to remain a starter.

"If Billy keeps hitting, Billy's going to DH," Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star.

Butler played the role of hero in the weekend series against Cleveland with six hits, including two home runs, and five RBI to help his team win three of four. But he took the collar Tuesday night.

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Grady Sizemore slugs first homer for Phillies
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The resurgence of Grady Sizemore continued Tuesday, as the Phillies' outfielder hit his first home run for the team in a 6-0 win over the Mets.

Sizemore had just one hit in the win, as he went 1 for 4 with one run driven in and one scored from the home run. He is hitting .314/.352/.451 in 51 at-bats since joining the Phillies, and has three home runs in 236 at-bats overall on the season. 

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Chase Utley slugs grand slam in victory
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Phillies infielder Chase Utley had just one hit Tuesday, but he made it count in a 6-0 win over the Mets.  

Utley went 1 for 4 in the win, and made his presence felt with his seventh inning grand slam. The home run is Utley's ninth of the season, but first since July 9. He is hitting .291/.353/.429 on the season. 

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Freddie Freeman blasts off in loss to Dodgers
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

First baseman Freddie Freeman certainly can't be blamed for his team's loss Tuesday night to the host Dodgers.

Freeman gave his team a brief lead with a two-run homer in the third inning. He added a single and walk to push his on-base percentage on the year to a fine .376.

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